Kenton Neely has lived, worked, attended classes, and practiced her art in Arizona, New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont. She resides in the Berkshires and Dorset. More recently, she participated in exhibits at the former North Street Arts Cooperative and the Storefront Artist Project in Pittsfield, Mass. Currently, she is an artist member at the Southern Vermont Arts Center and has been included in several juried exhibits there. A career in the legal field led to a need for creative exploration of order and development of intuitive processes. Her abstract art in various mediums reflects an effort to achieve structure amongst fragmentation. Markings, grids, textures appear providing support and control. The canvas or paper becomes the skin or substructure with the textures and markings developing from use of texturing mediums, acrylics, collage materials, textiles, archival inks, and handmade papers such as Nepali Lokta paper.
Juxtaposition and connections appear through the use of tonal hues and repetitive patterns. Abstractions created are derived from composites of memory fragments and associations formed from the assemblage and aggregation of life's experience.
Kenton views her art as a way of integrating life's events, providing an anchor and a form of meditation. Her work reflects an attempt to impose order over chaos - the goal being to evoke in the viewer responses that are personal and drawn from their life's experience.
Neely's show will extend through the month of April. For more information, contact the library at 867-5774 or visit the website at www.dorsetlibaryinfo.org.